Seniors Housing Initiative

​​​​Background

In 2006, the Council of the Shire of Manjimup was presented with a petition with 974 signatures, seeking for development of seniors/over 55s housing to occur on the old primary school site in Manjimup.  In response, a design concept was put together, proposing that a number of independent living units be constructed on that very site - located between Rutherford, Collier, Mount and Moore streets in Manjimup.  This is a unique collaborative project between the Shire of Manjimup and the Housing Authority, supported by the South West Development Commission.
 
The benefits of the project have been identified as:
  • ​Independent living for over 55s;
  • Provides community members with the opportunity to downsize on their current living arrangements to purchase affordable and appropriate housing; 
  • Provides a safe neighbourhood, close to the CBD of Manjimup and other services and amenities; and
  • Allows our ageing population to age in place, close to family, friends and in an environment they are familiar with.  
Timeline
 
March 2014 - ​Regional Development Minister The Hon. Terry Redman MLA announced funding of $2 million for the Manjimup Seniors Housing Project.  The announcement took place at the old Manjimup Primary School site where it is proposed that approximately 31 independent living units for seniors will be constructed.  The majority of the units will be made available for purchase on the private market, with the $2 million funding to be put towards the cost of construction.  
 
Pictured left at the announcement L-R: Gail Ipsen Cutts - Director of Community Services for the Shire of Manjimup, the Hon. Terry Redman MLA, then Shire President Wade DeCampo and Jill Woollams who has played an important role in advocating for this project on behalf of the community.   
 
 
May 2014 - Two information briefings were held in Manjimup for community members who were interested in finding out more about the project.  Attendees heard from Gail Ipsen Cutts from the Shire of Manjimup, David Leszenko from the Housing Authority and Billy Wellstead from the South West Development Commission. 
 
June/July 2014 - A call for 'expressions of interest' from the community resulted in more that 60 people seeking to remain kept up to date on the progress of the project and provide feedback via a questionnaire on what might suit their specific needs in the future.  This positive response and the results of the questionnaire were utilised by the Housing Authority in further development of the concept and in seeking support from additional stakeholders. 
 
July 2015 - The funding agreement for the $2 million that was announced in March 2014 was executed by the Shire of Manjimup.   
 
Pictured left L-R: Signing the funding agreement is Gail Ipsen Cutts - Director of Community Services with then Shire President Wade DeCampo.  

March 2016 - The state governement called for 'expressions of interest' from developers, builders, not-for-profit oragnisations and service oviders to develop the project.

November 2016 - The first stage of the procurement process for a partner in the project was completed and a proponent shortlisted, who will work directly with the Housing Authority to develop the proposal.

November 2017 - Site works commenced. The civil works contract was awarded to J.A.K Civil and will include site earthworks, water and electrical reticulation, and the construction of retaining walls, fencing, footpaths and a new internal road.

February 2018 - A 'Naming of the Estate" opportunity was launched with the view to finding a name for the estate which would ideally reflect the history of the site or Manjimup itself. The name Cherry Glades was chosen, as submitted by local resident Glenys Cope who said she envisaged the estate streets lined with cherry trees to reflect Manjimup's claim to cherry fame as well as residents enjoying the tranquility of the glades (or open space between the surrounding forests).​

December 2018 - Pindan Constructions Pty Ltd appointed builders for the development. Construction of nine homes is scheduled to commence in early 2019.    

​December 2019 - Pindan Con​structions Pty Ltd​​ completed Stage 1A of the development which includes nine new homes (six 3 bed 2 bath, and three 2 bed 2 bath) built to a minimum Silver Level Livable Housing Design and with generous verandas and materials that keep with the character of Manjimup.

Stage 1A offers a mix of full market and shared equity sales, with rental options to follow in subsequent stages.

Planning for Stage 1B will begin in early 2020, subject to sale uptake of the first set of homes.

The timeline for subsequent stages will depend on market demand and sale uptake of Stage 1A.

For sales enquiries, please contact the Sales Agent:

Kathy Savage
Professionals Warren Blackwood Realty
Address: 75 Giblett Street, Manjimup, WA 6258
Phone: 1300 392 533​

For further information or to register your interest in the project, please contact Gail Ipsen Cutts on 9771 7777 or via gail.ipsencutts@manjimup.wa.gov.au. 

Page reviewed: 28 May 2020 11:02am